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  • 9 Mar 2022 9:06 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG):


    “Identifying Unnamed Free-born African Americans – A DNA Case Study”

    by David Rencher, CG, AG, FUGA, FIGRS

    Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 8:00 p.m. (EDT
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    Identifying unnamed individuals using a research plan incorporating genetic evidence takes creativity and patience. This session deconstructs a case study using Genealogy Standards to align and correlate DNA results and fragmentary records for African American families, beginning in 1812 in Virginia and North Carolina.

    BCG’s next free monthly webinar in conjunction with Legacy Family Tree Webinars is “Identifying Unnamed Free-born African Americans – A DNA Case Study” by David Rencher, CG, AG, FUGA, FIGRS. This webinar airs Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. EDT.

    David Rencher, CG, AG, FUGA, FIGRS is employed as the Director, Family History Library and Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1980 with a B.A. in Family and Local History. A professional genealogist since 1977, he is one of the rare few who have earned both credentials: Accredited Genealogist® with ICAPGen in Ireland research (1981) and Certified Genealogist® with the Board for Certification of Genealogists (2006). He serves as the Irish course coordinator and instructor for the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, and the British Institute. He is a past president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Utah Genealogical Association. David is a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association and the Irish Genealogical Research Society, London. He serves as a director on the board of the National Genealogical Society.

    When you register before March 15 on our partner Legacy Family Tree Webinars website webinars page: (Identifying Unnamed Free Born African Americans - A DNA Case Study - Legacy Family Tree Webinars) you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Anyone with schedule conflicts may access the webinar at no charge for one week after the broadcast on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.

    “Every month the Board for Certification of Genealogists offers a new webinar as part of an ongoing series that supports our mission to promote excellence in research and working to standards in an ethical manner.” said President LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL, FASG. “These webinars are presented by certified associates and offer a quality genealogical educational experience.”

    Following the free period for this webinar, BCG receives a small commission if you view this or any BCG webinar by clicking our affiliate link: (Webinar Library - Legacy Family Tree Webinars).

    To see the full list of BCG-sponsored webinars for 2022, visit the BCG blog SpringBoard at  For additional resources for genealogical education, please visit the BCG Learning Center (
  • 8 Mar 2022 10:12 AM | Anonymous

    Here is a genealogy software challenge to ponder: can your present genealogy program properly chart all families? Can it properly display the relationships of all the people within its database? Can it do so without wasting a lot of paper?

    Let's try a test based upon history. Fifteen men and twelve women went to an isolated island in 1789 and lived without outside contact for many years. In fact, even today, the island has few visitors and almost no new immigrants. Every one of today's 55 island residents is related to the other 54 in many, many ways. Everyone is everyone else's second cousin as well as third cousin and probably also a sixth cousin eight times removed. If you were to enter that island's entire population since 1789 into your genealogy program, will it display the relationships properly?

    I am describing tiny Pitcairn Island, the final destination of Fletcher Christian and eleven other British sailors who mutinied against Captain Bligh on April 28, 1789. Bligh was set adrift in a small boat, along with many of the men who remained loyal to him. However, there was not enough room in the boat for everyone; so, some men were forced to go back to Tahiti, along with the mutineers on board the HMAV (His Majesty's Armed Vessel) Bounty. Captain Bligh and 18 men made their way across 3,618 miles of ocean to Timor in what is perhaps one of the most heroic voyages of all time. Only one died along the trip; John Norton was killed by hostile savages during a brief stop at the island of Tofoa.

    Fletcher Christian and the mutineers were soon reunited with the women they had recently left behind in Tahiti. However, they were in danger as the British authorities obviously would look for them on that island. The mutineers would have been hanged had the British authorities found them. Nine of the mutineers, along with six Polynesian men, twelve women, and one baby, soon set sail on board the Bounty, looking for a safe hiding place.

    Fletcher Christian and his associates eventually landed at Pitcairn Island, a tiny island with no beach and no safe landing place for ships. The Bounty was anchored off shore, and everything was transferred to the island in small boats, a hazardous undertaking. The Bounty was then burned, perhaps deliberately or perhaps accidentally.

    Pitcairn was shown on British maps of the day but in the wrong location. Any British ship looking for the island probably would never find it. Indeed, all but one of the mutineers never saw a British ship again as long as they lived. An American ship discovered the island in 1808 but had no interest in British mutineers and soon left. Two British man-of-war ships with updated maps visited the island in 1814 and found only one mutineer still living: John Adams had become the leader of the island's population but was in ill health. The two British captains decided that taking John Adams back to England to stand trial for the mutiny would be “an act of great cruelty and inhumanity.” Adams died on Pitcairn Island on March 5, 1829, forty years after the mutiny.

    You can read an excellent account of the sailing of the HMAV Bounty, including the mutiny, in many places on the Web, including at:,, and at Even more articles may be found by going to any search engine and entering:

    Pitcairn Island

    In 1831, the entire population of Pitcairn Island was forced to move to Tahiti. The experience was a disaster since Tahiti had become infected with European diseases. The Pitcairn islanders had no immunity and soon started dying. The first to die was Thursday October Christian, Fletcher's oldest child. Eleven more died within weeks. The remaining people quickly returned to Pitcairn. In 1856 the population had become overcrowded, and all of the people were moved to Norfolk Island. Very soon thereafter many moved back to Pitcairn. Today, the population of Pitcairn Island is 55, all of whom are very close relatives of each other with intertwined genealogies. A picture of the entire population may be seen at

    Now here is the genealogy software challenge: can the program you are using at this time handle this data? Specifically, can it print proper pedigree charts and relationship charts of these people with heavily interlocking relationships?

    "Pedigree collapse" is a term that quickly enters into this discussion. In a so-called "normal pedigree chart," a person is shown with two parents, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents, and so on and so forth in a mathematical progression. The number of grandparents doubles approximately every 25 years. In theory, each of us has 281.5 trillion ancestors in the past 1200 years, or 48 generations. That theory assumes, however, that we never had duplicate ancestors -- those that show up in more than one place in a pedigree chart. Of course, the number of 281.5 trillion ancestors is ludicrous since that far exceeds the number of people who have ever lived on the face of the earth.

    All of us have pedigree collapse although probably not as severely as the residents of Pitcairn Island. Anyone who can trace ancestry back to small isolated villages in Europe and even some villages in North America will often find the same people appearing in multiple places around the pedigree chart. I have found this often in my own French-Canadian ancestry, and I am sure the same thing exists with other ethnic groups.

    The same phenomenon happens in reverse when listing all the descendants of a particular person: a particular descendant may appear in more than one place when distant cousins marry and then have children.

    When printing lists of ancestors, descendants, pedigree charts, register reports, books of ancestors, and other, similar reports, a properly designed genealogy program should list the first occurrence of each ancestor or descendant with all the appropriate details of his or her life. Any subsequent appearance of the same person, however, should be brief. The second and later listings probably should only list the name and then "See person #245" or "Already listed on page 35" or similar wording.

    Some of the simpler genealogy programs do not handle duplicate listings very well. Instead, they reprint the full details time and time again. If the record of a particular person in question has lengthy details and text information attached, the number of pages consumed grows quickly.

    Let's say that you have about a half-page of information about every person in your genealogy database. That database contains information about the descendants of Zacharie Cloutier and Sainte Dupont (two early residents of Beauport, near Quebec City). A full descendant report of that one couple could print more than one hundred pages in a properly designed genealogy program but easily could produce ten times that amount or more in any of the simpler programs. With the wrong genealogy program, you might end up printing thousands of pages, most of which simply duplicate information found in earlier pages.

    I shudder to think how big the printouts would be when printing detailed information about all the descendants of Fletcher Christian. Any program that cannot handle duplicates properly would soon consume all the printer paper available!

    A list of Fletcher Christian's descendants is rather interesting to compare the relationships. For instance, Ferdinand William Christian is the 2nd cousin once removed of Timothy Christian as well as being his 2nd cousin twice removed, half 3rd cousin once removed, 3rd cousin once removed, 3rd cousin twice removed, husband of a 2nd cousin once removed, husband of a 2nd cousin twice removed, husband of a third cousin once removed, and husband of a third cousin twice removed.

    In fact, the same Ferdinand William Christian married Marion Angela Warren. Not only is he the husband of that woman, he is also her second cousin.

    Whew! I bet those family reunions are fun.

    Can your genealogy program handle this convoluted family tree? Can it create proper printouts and reports? If it can handle the families of Pitcairn Island, I suspect it can also handle your family tree as well.

  • 7 Mar 2022 9:41 AM | Anonymous

    The Kansas City Jewish Community Digital Archive,, is launching with digital issues of The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle’s entire back catalog, plus local history video interviews — and it’s looking to the community to help it grow more. 

    Powered by work from Andrew Kaplan, Alan Edelman and Norman Kahn, its first phase was building the web interface so people could access materials, as well as making old microfilm copies of The Chronicle digital and searchable by keyword and issue. That required a partnership with BMI Imaging Systems in Sacramento to get the technical side of the optical character recognition done.

    “If you were doing research and you wanted to know what was going on as it relates to Chaim Weitzman, you can get to that very quickly and look at specific information as to what was going on right then at the time [in Kansas City],” Kaplan said. 

    With the keyword search, it’s easy to find anyone by name in old copies of The Chronicle. Anything that was already stored in digital, searchable form was much easier to include.

    The Chronicle “was the best, most accurate, most available source of information that covered the community,” Kaplan said.

    Added to that package is video interviews of locals conducted by Sybil Kahn over a number of years. Hosted on YouTube, they are also currently linked in the archive.

    You can read more in an article by Beth Lipoff published in the Kansas City Jewish Chronicle web site at:

  • 7 Mar 2022 7:49 AM | Anonymous

    The Irish Government has extended the online availability of birth, death, and marriage records by a further 12 months.

    Available at, the Birth Register now includes the years 1864 to 1921, while the Marriage Register has been updated to include records from the years 1845-1946.

    The Death Register, meanwhile, now includes the years 1864 until 1971.

    The website is free and users do not require any subscription to access the records.

    A total of 6,943,532 Civil Death register entries, 6,784,749 Civil Birth Register entries, and 1,939,623 Civil Marriage Register entries are now available to view online.

  • 7 Mar 2022 7:47 AM | Anonymous

    On Friday, March 4, FamilySearch announced the Get Involved volunteer experience, which can be accessed in a new mobile app and on A tab at the top of the website titled Get Involved now appears where the Indexing tab used to be.

    “But indexing is not going away,” said Ty Davies, a FamilySearch portfolio director who oversees the development of records. “It’s becoming part of this Get Involved piece.”

    Get Involved had a limited release in Latin America in December — the experience is called Participa in Spanish. More languages are expected in coming months.

    As more and more people worldwide want to connect and find their ancestors, FamilySearch is introducing Get Involved to help people have more personal discoveries in their family history. Reviewing a name on a record that was indexed by handwriting recognition artificial intelligence is one task that can be done with Get Involved.

    You can learn more in a video at

  • 4 Mar 2022 1:05 PM | Anonymous

    The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

    NOTE: This article is off-topic. That is, it does not concern anything to do with genealogy, DNA, or related topics normally found in this newsletter. However, I suspect that many newsletter readers will be interested in this article for many different purposes:

    A new buzzword is becoming popular in high tech. Well, it isn't really a new buzzWORD as much as it is a buzzABBREVIATION (if there is such a thing).

    According to Wikipedia's definition of IPFS:

    "The InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) is a protocol and peer-to-peer network for storing and sharing data in a distributed file system. IPFS uses content-addressing to uniquely identify each file in a global namespace connecting all computing devices."

    While that explanation is technically correct, I think it deserves a bit more explanation. I prefer the explanation offered on

    "A peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol designed to preserve and grow humanity's knowledge by making the web upgradeable, resilient, and more open.""

    Even that is a bit cryptic. I would prefer:

    "IPFS is the next iteration of cloud computing.'

    Another simplistic explanation might be: "The InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) is a protocol and peer-to-peer network for storing and sharing data in a distributed file system."

    The remainder of this article is reserved for Plus Edition subscribers only. If you have a Plus Edition subscription, you may read the full article at:*)-Plus-Edition-News-Articles/12640127

    If you are not yet a Plus Edition subscriber, you can learn more about such subscriptions and even upgrade to a Plus Edition subscription immediately at

  • 4 Mar 2022 12:44 PM | Anonymous

    At RootsTech, MyHeritage announced the new Live Story, a new means of adding stories to your family tree in a manner that looks like (and sounds like) your ancestor is speaking... LIVE! I wrote about this in yesterday's newsletter at

    Trying to properly describe a new video product in a text-based description is challenging, to say the least. Luckily, MyHeritage has now released a video that shows Live Story in action.

    The incredible Live Story feature from MyHeritage takes the facts and photos in your tree and transforms them into an animated video of an ancestor telling his or her own life story. In the video, Tal Erlichman, Director of Product Management at MyHeritage, introduces this futuristic feature and shows you how to use it to give voice to your ancestors' stories.

    You can watch the video at

  • 4 Mar 2022 12:03 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by TheGenealogist:

    For the first time, researchers will now be able to see more accurately where their ancestor’s house was situated on maps down to house, street or parish level, giving more detail than ever before.

    J R R Tolkien recorded in 1939 Oxford displayed on Bing Satellite map has also added over 258,000 new records that have now been officially opened. Now you can use TheGenealogist’s SmartSearch on even more records in the 1939 Register to discover where your ancestors were living.

    Film star Leslie Howard’s house in Surrey shown on a historical map

    With the addition of the more precise mapping feature there are some very compelling reasons to search the 1939 Register on TheGenealogist. Firstly it benefits from their unique and powerful search tools and SmartSearch technology. This offers a hugely flexible way to look for your ancestors as the authorities scrambled in 1939 to issue identity cards and ration books for the population.

    Secondly, searching the 1939 Register on TheGenealogist allows researchers to take advantage of some powerful search tools to break down brick walls. For example there is the ability to find ancestors in 1939 by using keywords, such as the individual’s occupation or their date of birth. Researchers on TheGenealogist may also search for an address and then jump straight to the household or, if you are struggling to find a family, you can even search using as many of their forenames as you know.

    With a record found in the 1939 Register, TheGenealogist then gives you the ability to click on the street name to view all the residents in the road. This feature can be used to potentially discover relatives living in the area and can therefore boost your research with just a click.

    The 1939 Register on TheGenealogist also benefits from innovative SmartSearch technology that enables you to discover even more about a person by linking to their Birth, Marriage and Death records.

    The 1939 Register, when linked to a more detailed mapping tool than ever before, is a fantastic resource for family historians searching for where forebears lived in September 1939.

    See TheGenealogist’s article:Powerful mapping linked to 1939 Register pinpoints ancestor’s households

    About TheGenealogist

    TheGenealogist is an award-winning online family history website, who put a wealth of information at the fingertips of family historians. Their approach is to bring hard to use physical records to life online with easy to use interfaces such as their Tithe and newly released Lloyd George Domesday collections.

    TheGenealogist’s innovative SmartSearch technology links records together to help you find your ancestors more easily. TheGenealogist is one of the leading providers of online family history records. Along with the standard Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records, they also have significant collections of Parish and Nonconformist records, PCC Will Records, Irish Records, Military records, Occupations, Newspaper record collections amongst many others.

    TheGenealogist uses the latest technology to help you bring your family history to life. Use TheGenealogist to find your ancestors today!

  • 4 Mar 2022 9:05 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    Findmypast release further burial records for Lincolnshire, a fascinating petition from 1659, plus 22 new historical newspapers  

    Quaker Women’s Petition, 1659 

    This week, discover if your early female ancestor campaigned for religious tolerance in England. This petition, in support of abolishing tithes, could help you find your ancestor’s name and location back in 1659.  

    Lincolnshire Burials 

    Over 50,000 new burial records have been added for four cemeteries in Lincolnshire, England: Horncastle, Louth, Bourne and Great Grimsby. These transcripts and original images give rich biographical detail, often including residence and marital status. 


    Findmypast have added 22 brand new historical newspapers to their archive this week, plus updates to a further 57 titles.   

    New titles: 

    ·         Abingdon Free Press, 1902-1910, 1912-1916 

    ·         Ayrshire Weekly News and Galloway Press, 1879-1889, 1891 

    ·         Bedfordshire on Sunday, 1986 

    ·         Birmingham News, 1986-1987 

    ·         Burton Trader, 1986 

    ·         Chatham Standard, 1986 

    ·         Greenwich and Deptford Observer, 1879-1909 

    ·         Harrow Informer, 1986 

    ·         Horley & Gatwick Mirror, 1986 

    ·         Hounslow & Chiswick Informer, 1986 

    ·         Macclesfield Express, 1988, 1990 

    ·         Methodist Times, 1885-1902 

    ·         Oban Telegraph and West Highland Chronicle, 1881-1886, 1888-1891 

    ·         Scottish Border Record, 1881-1892 

    ·         Sevenoaks Focus, 1989 

    ·         South Devon Weekly Express, 1909-1913, 1915-1945, 1949-1954 

    ·         Stockport Express Advertiser, 1986 

    ·         Sutton Coldfield News, 1986 

    ·         Uxbridge Leader, 1986 

    ·         Weekly Scotsman, 1879-1890 

    ·         Welsh Gazette, 1899-1900, 1903-1910, 1912-1951 

    ·         Woolwich Herald, 1896-1900, 1902-1904, 1906-1931 


  • 4 Mar 2022 8:40 AM | Anonymous

    If you were unable to attend RootsTech 2022's opening sessions yesterday, you can watch a video of a keynote session featuring Palestinian-American comedian, Maysoon Zayid, and Stranger Things actor, Matthew Modine, as they shared their stories as keynotes on the Main Stage. Listen to Maysoon speak to the importance of equality and the power of comedy. Also hear Matthew Modine share the importance of story-telling. All this is available as a video at

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